Despite a few dodgy results of late, Las Palmas’ loss looks to be very much Real Betis’ gain as far as Quique Setien is concerned. The attack-minded coach swapped Gran Canaria for Andalusia in the summer and has prompted a revival in Betis, while his old team have endured a miserable season and look in deep relegation trouble.
The style of play hasn’t greatly changed as far as Las Palmas are concerned. They still have a goal in them but defensively they are an absolute mess. Even with a 4-1 1st Leg advantage, they briefly looked in danger of being pegged back in the Copa del Rey in midweek and their 3-2 to loss against Depor was their fifth straight home defeat in all competitions, with 15 goals conceded in that period.
They have the worst defensive record in La Liga with 2.46 goals per game conceded and an embarrassing 2.83 at home. Pako Ayestarán did at least end his own record-breaking losing streak in La Liga last time out with a creditable 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad but it wasn’t enough to keep him in a job, with Las Palmas now looking for their third coach of the season already. Whoever is in charge here, you have to worry about their defence against a potent Betis attack.
The Seville club average an excellent 1.77 goals per game this season. That’s a big increase on the last two seasons when if anything they’d been quite a boring side to watch but things are different with Setien in town. Given Las Palmas’ dreadful defensive record, backing Betis to score over 1.5 Team Goals looks good here.
Antonio Sanabria, who averages a goal every 91 minutes in La Liga this term for Betis is a major injury doubt here but Sergio Leon is an effective back-up with 4 goals to his name already, despite a bit-part role. The striker made it to double figures in a dreadful Osasuna side last season so whoever starts up front will fancy they can get on the scoresheet in this one.
Betis are no great shakes at the back themselves either though. They’ve let in 2.08 goals per game in La Liga this term, the third worst record in the division. That figure shoots up to 2.5 away, largely due to a 5-0 hammering at Eibar in their last away league match while they shipped five again in midweek, exiting the Copa del Rey with a humiliating 5-3 home defeat against Andalusian rivals Cadiz from the Segunda Division.
Their league matches average 3.85 goals per game in total and with Las Palmas home games averaging 3.67, going for Over 3.5 Goals could also be worth considering here in what should be a very open contest.
With doubts as to who will lead the line for Betis, going for Loic Remy to score anytime might be worth considering. He’s been one of the few bright sparks for the Canary Islanders this season and with goals in 4 of his last 5 appearances, backing Remy to score anytime is worth considering.